The imam is a controversial concept in Islam

For a person who simply leads the prayers in a mosque, the Imam is a controversial figure in Islam, an honorary post that the left the Muslims divided into Shia and Sunni camps. Elected or inherited — it does not bestow any special powers. In Islam, all mosques have an Imam. All Muslims are equal before God. It also goes without saying that all Imams are equal irrespective whether they represent a — big or small mosque.